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Free Sample Kit from: Bass Kleph – Make Me Forget

Hello!

I found this free sample kit from Bass Kleph; the samples are taken from his single Make Me Forget

It has 14 samples including the drum kit, bass, leads and some FX, and if you have a NI Maschine it is already mapped to it, but don’t worry if you don’t have one, all the samples are ready to import them on every DAW/Sampler/Pad as 44kHz 24 Bit .WAV files.

Here is a video from Bass Kleph showing you how to play the song with the samples:

You can download the kit at: http://bit.ly/TJqRfn

If you liked the song you can get it at Beatport.

And follow Bass Keph on Facebook and Twitter.

Have fun!

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WTF Loud Button Distortion/Low Frequency Oscillator Pedal Review by Juan Alderete

Hello, I haven’t had any time to post anything but this really amazed me today and I wanted it to share it with you.

My favorite Bass player Juan Alderete just reviewed this amazing pedal by Loud Button and I just gotta say its great, it has a tight bottom end, nasty grind and a crazy oscillator, plus a gate control for some self-oscillating-analog-madness, I still cannot describe what the pedal is but I don’t care as long as it sounds good.

NOTE: This is not your average blues/shred/metal or licks/riffs type of gear review, this is not your average knob twisting guitar player and this not your over-hyped-boutique-transparent overdrive.

This is a crazy pedal, reviewed by one of the best bass players: Juan Alderete. Yes, a bass player, showing that a great effect pedal is as good on bass than it is on guitar (or better), keys or any other instrument, so check it out for yourself:

 

 

You can see the original post by Juan here!! And you can check his awesome site right here!!!

Comment if you like it!

 

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Novation: Mininova synth announced

Looks like a good week for hardware, in my last post we talked about the new MASCHINE generation from the guys at Native Instruments, and now its turn for Novation to show us their new small synth called MiniNova.

This synth its small in size, but offers a huge range of features like a Vocoder (microKorg style) but it also includes a pitch correction feature called VocalTune™. It has 256 presets ready to play and edit in real time and a 128 preset bank to save your own sounds, it also includes a free software patch editor and library to tweak your patches easily and download preset packs and share with other users.

But for me the feature that sets this apart from others is the 8 animate buttons that lets you tweak and warp sounds in realtime, and features a filter knob and 4 editing knobs to tweak any parameter that you like, and what really hook me, is that it includes 7 effects and you can stack up to 5 for each voice and tweak them via animate buttons and the 4 edit knobs, these effects are: distortion, reverb, chorus/phase, delay, compressor, EQ and a gate/stutter.

 

As you can see it integrates perfectly into Ableton Live and it will into any other DAW, and the sounds are really cool, and the vocoder works good (at least on the video), and another feature I almost forgot is that you can plug your guitar, or your bass or any instrument with a 1/4 plug, to use any of the effects, vocoder or vocaltune, sounds good right?

The price is not announced yet, but being a Novation product I expect a fair-priced high quality synth. It will include +1 GB of royalty-free samples and loops from Loopmasters, Ableton Live Lite and the Novation Bass Station synth, to take advantage of its MIDI I/O capabilities too.

The links is here.  You can leave your thoughts and comments about it 🙂

Do you think this will be the microKorg killer? I do.

 

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Native Instruments: New MASCHINE Generation (MASCHINE MK2)

Native Instruments is about to release their series of renowned MASCHINE controllers: MASCHINE MK2 and MASCHINE MIKRO MK2; and they will release the software version to 1.8.

 

 

The first think you will notice is that you can choose between black or white hardware, bright multicolored pads and now besides the 6+GB Library it also includes the MASSIVE synth with more than 1,300 presets, ready to be browsed within your MASCHINE.

Also we get the option of customizing your MASCHINE with custom kits on different colors!

 

 

And now the great Mr. Jeremy Ellis with both the new MASCHINE and MASCHINE MIKRO making it look easy…

Nice, right?

 

Well for more info on these great controllers, go to the official site where you can pre-order to get your hands (or fingers) on this before October 1st.

Do you pre-order your gear, or buy without trying? Or wait until the reviews come out?

 

 

 

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Mostly Robot – Supergroup

Lots of good things came in the mail today, first the Ableton 8.4 Beta with 64-bit support and now this: Mostly Robot.

This is a new supergroup that just debuted at Sónar by Day festival and it features my favorite electronic musician Tim Exile along with Jeremy Ellis another musician that I find very inspirational, but thats not all! Here is the full Line-up:

Tim Exile – Effects and Sound Mangling

Jeremy Ellis – Finger-drums and Percussion

Jamie Lidell – Frontman and Singer

DJ Shiftee – Cuts and Turntablism

Mr. Jimmy – Harmonies and Keys

Pfadfinderei – Visuals

Wow, It looks like thats going to be lots of fun to listen (and watch!), 5 amazing musicians and a visual design collective onstage…

Just as a preview for whats coming on the future here you have a small fraction of cover of Aphex Twin’s Widowlicker performed by Mostly Robot:

I hope you liked that and here is the Official Site to get more info.

 

 

 

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Ableton Live 8.4, Now in Beta, Introduces 64-bit Support

Finally!!!!!

Just got this on my email!

“Ableton has released a beta version of Live 8.4, which introduces native 64-bit support. The 64-bit version of Live will allow you to use more than four gigabytes of RAM. This means you can work with Live Sets (including Sets using third-party plug-ins and ReWire configurations) that are much larger and more memory intensive than in the 32-bit version. Registered users of Live 8, Suite 8, Live Intro and Live Lite 8 can download the beta now.

Note: The 64-bit version of Live 8 does not support Max for Live, video, or The Bridge. We are currently working with our partners to add support for these features. For more information and system requirements please see this Knowledge Base article.”

Everyone join in!

http://www.ableton.com/login?url=/live-8-beta (you need a valid Ableton Login)

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My Entry on the Olivia Broadfield Remix Contest

I didn’t get to finish the song in time for the contest (Actually its unfinished, I cut it after the interlude) but I just found the project file and decided to upload it just because I put some time and a nice bass/drum groove on it, feel free to share.

Here it is:

And if you want to listen the original you can find it here:

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Song Made From Sampling A Porno Clip

This interesting experiment made by Jason from http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/ shows us that music can be done from any source available, in this case: a porn clip.

Sorry to Dissapoint you but there is no porn on the videos, but the process is fully covered on video and Jason shows all the techniques used in the song.

Part 1 of the video:

This show that besides synths, sample packs, instruments, voice, etc., we can use any sound to create our projects, so lets give it a try.

To see the full story go here: http://www.musicsoftwaretraining.com/blog/2012/01/07/song-made-from-sampling-a-porno-clip/

Question: What other “alternative” sources have you used for making a project?

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The Making of: Blondie – Heart Of Glass – Video Documentary

I’m sure you heard this song before. Do you want to know how Heart Of Glass was made? There are many interesting facts on that song:

  • Original name was “Once I Had a Love” and called “The Disco Song” by the band members.
  • Was one of the first rock songs featuring a drum machine, specifically a Roland CR-78.
  • Drums were recorded on two separate tracks: a kick drum track and the rest of the kit on another, this was because it was really difficult to play against the drum machine.
  • Another synths used was the Roland SH-1000 and the Blondie’s trademark synth sound: the Moog Polymoog.
  • Debbie’s voice was recorded at the regular pitch and an octave below too, and the tracks were doubled to get that thick vocal sound .

So if you want to know what kind of equiment they used on Heart of Glass, and the techniques used on this hit song, you can see the full documentary here:

Blondie – Heart Of Glass – Making Of Documentary

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